Melbourne youngster Dom Barry will return to his native APY lands after telling the Demons of his decision to leave the club.
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Melbourne midfielder Dom Barry has turned his back on an AFL career, quitting the Demons to return home to his native APY lands in central Australia.
The Herald Sun reports that Barry told the Demons on the first day of pre-season training that his heart was no longer set on an AFL career.
The 20-year-old made his senior debut this season and played five games.
He will leave the club despite signing a two-year contract in July.
Barry arrived in Victoria aged 14 on a tennis scholarship, but thrived as a footballer at St. Pat’s Ballarat school.
While indigenous players have enjoyed enormous success in the AFL, he isn’t the first player to turn down a career in the sport.
Both Austin Wonaeamirri and Liam Jurrah also left the Demons to return to their native lands.